Elisha P. Jacobs

Pvt., 93rd Indiana Infantry
Chickasaw Heights casualty

Elisha Jacobs was born 3 November 1818 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky. His parents were Elisha Randal Jacobs of Virginia and Elizabeth Hilt of Maryland. The family moved to Orange County, Indiana, a few years after the birth of Elisha. His siblings were: Sarah, William, Samuel, John, David, Nancy, Jeremiah, and Eliza. The family moved to Dubois County, Indiana, by 1821.

Elisha married Arena Carolyn McCarty, 27 August 1843, in Dubois County, Indiana. They had seven children: Mary Elizabeth, Isabelle Adaline, Samuel Washington, Cynthia Livonia, Nancy Caroline, Sarah Emily, and Amanda Jane.

The Jacobs were farmers. The children were educated in a one room school house, with Samuel Jacobs, brother of Elisha, as the teacher.

Elisha enlisted at Newton-Stewart, Orange County, Indiana, 20 August 1862. He was mustered in at New Albany, Indiana, 1 October 1862, to serve a three year term as a musician. He was 44 at the time.

He served in Captain Swift’s Company, Buckland’s Brigade, Tuttle’s Division, of General W. T. Sherman’s 15th Corps. Elisha died at the Siege of Vicksburg, Chickasaw Heights, Mississippi, 9 June 1863. His widow’s application states that he served in Company H, 93rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. She applied 8 September 1863 while living in Patoka Township of Crawford County, Indiana. Widow’s Army Pension Certificate #79, 862

The men of both the Confederacy and the Union carried little or no identification, so during the long Seige of Vicksburg and the multiple battles at that city, the dead were buried in mass graves.

Elisha not only left a widow, but four young children still at home. She did not remarry until March of 1877 to John Love, widower in Orange County, Indiana.

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